Nadhim Zahawi proposes amnesty for illegal immigrants - to boost the Tory vote
Nadhim Zahawi was hand-picked by Conservative Campaign HQ for the safe seat of Stratford-upon-Avon, as part of David Cameron's 'brand decontamination' strategy. He was actively promoted and advanced to the detriment of other potential candidates, and championed by those who had influence over the selection process. Some strong candidates who wanted to apply for the seat were prevented from doing so: their CVs were filtered out by CCHQ, which deemed them somehow 'unsuitable'.
Mr Zahawi has now called for a 'seismic' shift in immigration policy - to grant an amnesty to all illegal immigrants, which, he says, makes sense economically and politically. By the latter, he means that these illegal immigrants would then be more likely to vote Conservative (the party has a problem attracting votes among minority groups). Stratford-upon-Avon, incidentally, doesn't have much of a problem with illegal aliens.
Mr Zahawi told The Independent: "We shouldn't be afraid to think outside our comfort zone. Our failure to appeal to ethnic minorities should send loud alarm bells ringing in Downing Street and Central Office. Unless we act now this electoral penalty will only get worse."
The Conservative Party won just 16 per cent of the non-white vote in the 2010 general election.
Frankly, His Grace is of the view that ethnic minorities are more likely to vote Conservative when the party advocates the economic values and socially-conservative views of those who tend to be Muslim and Sikh especially. And that includes the belief that hard work and thrift lead to financial reward and social progress, and marriage consists of a man and a woman, in pursuit of and in accordance with the common good of wider society.
The proposal to grant an amnesty to illegal immigrants risks undermining public confidence in the entire immigration system, which is already in crisis. According to a study by the LSE, there are around 618,000 illegal immigrants in the UK, of which 442,000 live in London. To naturalise them all would simply send the message that Britain is open - wide open - to anyone who wants to get out of Delhi, Lagos or Kingston. What would be the point of painstakingly filling in all the legal forms if the illegal method eventually leads to the promised land flowing with the milk of benefits and the honey of free housing, education and healthcare?
No doubt the likes of Nadhim Zahawi will view those Tories who oppose his absurd idea as the 'swivel-eyed loons'. We might even be 'xenophobes' or 'racists'. The message 'Go back to your own country' has become socially and politically unacceptable, and where it is entertained - as in the outrageous case of Abu Qatada - we are powerless to enforce it.
Spain has had six amnesties, and each one has served only to encourage further illegal immigration. Nadim Zahawi says he wants to win Tory votes: true Conservatives will see the proposal as a fundamental injustice. Let us not forget that this Government opposes granting citizenship to the Iraqi and Afghan interpreters who helped Allied forces in their military objectives. Even the Gurkhas have been rejected.
If we cannot honour those immigrants who not only abide by the rule of law but fight side-by-side with us in defence of our liberties and values, where is the moral justification for rewarding illegal aliens who care not a jot for our laws, customs or traditions?